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David Bowie fans take aim at Stardust trailer as director speaks out on music biopic

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David Bowie fans have reacted to the unauthorised biopic of his life (Picture: Getty)

Fans of music legend David Bowie have reacted to the trailer of the upcoming Stardust biopic.

The film focuses on the Life On Mars singer’s life as he launched his music career, and sees Johnny Flynn take on the main role.

However, some were left unhappy over the film – as Bowie’s family had previously confirmed they hadn’t given any permission for his music to be included.

Taking to Twitter, an unimpressed user shared: ‘They really did it. They managed to make David Bowie look mediocre.’

Another questioned: ‘Bowie specifically never wanted a film made of his life and his family didn’t approve of this movie. 

‘What does that say of the amount of respect the filmmakers have for David Bowie?’

‘Even setting aside the problematic aspects of not having the rights to use Bowie’s music and his family being against the making of this, it looks so boring, stale & generic anyways,’ a follower agreed.

While one urged fans to focus on his body of work, adding: ‘Bowie was pure genius. To make a movie about him without his music, without his family consent and knowing himself never ever wanted a biopic movie is disrespectful. 

‘Watch Bowie’s movies instead. Hunger. Cat People. Labyrinth. Watch him as another genius Tesla.’

Defending the film, director Gabriel Range explained that it was important to not have Johnny’s portrayal be an ‘impersonation’ of the icon.

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Johnny Flynn is starring as David Bowie in the film (Picture: IFC Films)

Speaking to PA about the casting, he said: ’It was really important to me to cast a musician to play David and also when I met Johnny and discovered he was a huge Bowie fan, it just felt really right.

‘Johnny could really connect emotionally with that experience of setting out on your career as a musician and playing to those half empty rooms.’

’It was really important that it should not be an impersonation,’ he added. ‘I think Johnny really inhabited the role.

‘It was more about creating a feeling rather than an impression of David.’

Stardust focuses on David heading to the US for the first time, embarking on the The Man Who Sold The World tour.

His son, Duncan Jones, confirmed that Stardust is an unauthorised film and would not feature any of his dad’s music.

He tweeted last year: ‘Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic… I would know. ‘I’m not saying this movie is not happening. 

‘I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m saying that as it stands, this movie won’t have any of dad’s music in it, & I can’t imagine that changing.

‘If you want to see a biopic without his music or the [family’s] blessing, that’s up to the audience.’

The singer tragically died of cancer in 2016, aged 69.

Stardust will be released in cinemas and on VOD platforms on November 25.

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